The Miami Dolphins are still reeling after an NFL investigation revealed that the franchise had impermissible contact with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
As a result, the Dolphins were docked a first-round selection in 2023 and a third-round selection in 2024. Owner Stephen Ross has also been suspended through October 17 and fined $1.5 million.
“This makes Tom Brady look bad, obviously, like it’s OK for him to play by a different set of rules because he’s Tom Brady,” King wrote . “Maybe he knew this was coming, and that’s why he’s had one press availability in training camp, and none since this news came down Tuesday. Whenever he does speak, this is going to be very hard to justify in any way.”
Despite a harsh punishment for Ross, King argued the 82-year-old billionaire’s sanction could have been worse.
“Ross denied virtually everything and seemed outraged at his organization being found guilty of tampering. But he’s lucky the league’s investigation gave him a pass on what could have made the NFL force him to sell the team — charges by Brian Flores that the owner offered him $100,000 per game to lose in order to better their draft position,” King said. “The league couldn’t conclusively corroborate Flores’ tanking story, which saved Ross.”
As for Brady, he and the Dolphins will have an awkward reunion this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium when the Buccaneers host their first preseason game.
He is not expected to take the field.
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